Volleyball: Kimball keeps playoff pace with two wins
by Bob Brownne
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Kimball volleyball takes on Sierra
Kimball High’s Iris Nelson fires her shot between a pair of Sierra players during their match on Monday, Oct.1.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Kimball High’s volleyball team is on a pace to make playoffs for the second year in a row as the Jaguars hang onto third place in the Valley Oak League.

The Jaguars (7-4, 5-2 VOL) won two matches at home this week to finish the first half of the league season with losses only to first-place Oakdale and second-place Sonora.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we’re fighting for first,” junior outside hitter Sam Sanders said on Wednesday, Oct. 3, after her team beat Manteca 3-0 at home.

“We’re just going to go after Oakdale next week,” Sanders said. “We want to go even further than we did last year. We want to make it to championships.”

Kimball won Wednesday’s match against Manteca (8-11, 2-5 VOL) with scores of 25-18, 25-19, 25-21. Sanders had 11 kills for the night, Maddy McLauchlin had 28 assists and ZaNiah Bradshaw had 18 digs.



Lincoln 3, Tracy 0

Tracy High’s volleyball team started their night on Wednesday, Oct. 3, with a closely contested match against San Joaquin Athletic Association leader Lincoln.

After a narrow in the first set, the Trojans used accurate passing and solid kills to secure the win.

Lincoln (10-6, 3-0 SJAA) won Wednesday’s match with set scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-11. Tracy (7-3, 1-2 SJAA) started with the lead in the first set, and even after overcoming an early 8-3 deficit the Trojans were never more than three points ahead before winning the set.

Lincoln pulled ahead early and stayed ahead in the second set, and teams played a close third set until Lincoln found its pass-set-kill rhythm to wear down Tracy’s defenses.

Tracy junior Julia Jurado had five kills for the night, and sophomore Mika Fithian had 15 assists. Fithian also logged five digs as she and Jurado enabled Tracy to overcome some of Lincoln’s kill attempts to keep the rallies going. Grace Murphy and Samantha Gonzalez had four kills each, and Casey Eddy had 11 digs.



Kimball 3, Sierra 0

Kimball High’s volleyball team built on its momentum with a win at home on Monday, Oct. 1, over Sierra High of Manteca.

Kimball junior middle blocker Courtney Lewis said that the team will need to stay aggressive and confident in the race for playoffs.

“It’s working together and keeping our focus and keeping our head in the game,” she said. “Just the mental preparation, and not letting ourselves down, especially when we’re facing a tougher team. We play up to our level.”

Kimball beat Sierra (2-7, 1-5 VOL) in sets of 25-13, 25-18, 25-17. Lewis was part of her team’s presence at the net as she and junior blocker Iris Nelson logged seven kills each and also blocked Sierra’s shots to score for Kimball.

Kimball also saw strong performance at the service line as sophomore Maddy McLauchlin and junior Sam Sanders led their team in service points, with Sanders coming through with a string of points in the third set to overcome Sierra’s early lead.

McLauchlin also had 21 assists, ZaNiah Bradshaw contributed 17 digs and Vanessa Cerda had 10 digs.



Lodi 3, Tracy 0

The Bulldogs played a couple close sets, but were unable to overcome San Joaquin Athletic Association rival Lodi at home on Monday, Oct. 1.

Lodi won it with scores of 25-21, 25-16, 25-21.

Leading the way for Tracy was junior Julia Jurado with six kills and eight digs. Mike Fithian had 18 assists, Casey Eddy had two aces and 12 digs, Grace Murphy had two aces and two blocks, and Angela Mariani had six digs.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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